Read: Luke 19:28–38
Look at the focal verses: “Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ They replied, ‘The Lord needs it’ ” (Luke 19:32–34 NIV).
Reflect: When we first moved to Asia, I was surprised when my neighbor picked up our garden hose and started using it to wash off some things in her yard within reach of our hose. This initially disturbed me. After all, we were paying for the water, but it was completely natural for her to use it when she needed it, without asking.
Soon, I learned that she would also easily share her possessions whenever I needed them. This is just what neighbors do in Asia. Possessions are rather fluid. When someone needs them, we share, and when we have a need, they share. It’s not very different from what we learn in preschool and from what our parents teach us: we learn to love one another.
Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, on a path that leads us to remember the Easter story, has some similarities. Several of His physical needs were met by a variety of “neighbors” who shared their possessions with Jesus.
Respond: Will you accept the invitation to go back to my village and look at the colt as we approach Easter on this Palm Sunday? Imagine you see the disciples untying the colt you own. What would you say?
The owners of the colt probably had no idea that Scripture had already written the colt into the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. For the owner of this colt, the urgency in the voices of the disciples likely helped him make a quick decision to lend his colt to the Lord, who needed it. Maybe the owner knew Jesus already and was prepared to provide the colt. Although he didn’t question the Lord’s need, he probably went to see how his colt was used in the unfolding story of Jesus.
Imagine that you are the colt’s owner. How might you feel as you see Jesus riding on the colt and people throwing down their cloaks and singing praises to Him? Just imagine how surprised you would be if you had an opportunity to read the prophecy in Scripture, “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9 NIV).
As you visit this village and look at this colt, consider how you might feel if this were your colt. We often hold our possessions tightly, but maybe we should think differently about the things we “own.” When we determine that our possessions actually belong to God, how will that change the way we share them with others? Can we possibly let God use everything He has entrusted to us for His eternal purposes?